From heartthrob to bad boy: Leo played Danny Archer, a diamond smuggler who got tangled up in the civil war in Sierra Leone. Like many of Leos roles, Danny treads the uncomfortable line between hero and villain - Leo navigated the tension perfectly.
Romeo + Juliet
The Great Gatsby isn't the first time Leo and Baz Luhrmann have worked together: the actor starred in Luhrmann's intoxicating postmodern rendering of Romeo + Juliet. Leo captured hearts as the anguished Romeo and impressed with his confidence expounding in iambic pentameter. Not just a pretty face this one (although it helped that he spent a lot of the film with his shirt wide open).
Leo starred as Billy Costigan in Scorceses dark, moody mob thriller, The Departed. Set in Boston, its a complicated narrative of betrayal and hidden identity Leo was widely acclaimed for his portrayal of Billy and the film went on to win Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director in 2006.
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From the mysterious beginning to ambiguous ending, Inception was a fascinating meditation on the nature of reality. Though personally we were very glad we had Leo playing conman with a heart, Dom Cobb with us to navigate the sometimes confusing plot.
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